Cape Cod Police Departments to take part in National Drug Take Back Day

YARMOUTH –Police departments across Cape Cod will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th opportunityin 7 yearsto prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

National Drug Take Back Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

At April’s collection event, the Yarmouth Police delivered over four hundred pounds of potentially dangerous prescription drugs for destruction.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.



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